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Slow Lane Of Life is Like Composting

Updated on March 7, 2016

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Early Morning

Ever have those days when it is like being slapped awake at some silly hour of the night. If so, glad I do not stand alone. There is always a reason it happens to me. What I find is a need to pray for someone specific. To read something I'm supposed to read or simply sit quiet and listen to His voice. As much as I dislike the early morning call it is always a blessing to be a part of.

"Be still and know that I'am God" are the words resounding in the quiet of this morning. When we think of the word God we see a three letter word and yet when we think of His infinite power and might, we come to know He is God. The opening words of the Bible are "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

To me enough is said when I look at the word God and yet He has so much to say, so much for us to learn and so much to teach. "Be still and know that I'am God." Powerful words that touch the depth of our souls.

© Quill Collection
© Quill Collection

Welome

Welcome this early morning to the "Fireside." Help yourself to some fresh coffee sit back and allow me to rattle on for a little while. Should you feel the need to doze off, well feel free. That tells me you are comfortable. Even Quigley has taken up her post on her cushion at the fireplace. The only sound in the house is the tapping of the keys of this well worm Mac Book Pro and the gentle breeze coming from the mountains in the west.

This winter has been one of grace to us here on the Alberta side of the mountains. To this point anyway. At 2:10 am the temperature was +5 Celsius. For those who are still on the Fahrenheit scale that is 41 degrees. To some that may be cold but for us it is near cutoff weather in comparison to what we usually have this time of year.

Nature is a powerful tool when looked at closely through what God has to tell us about His majesty. His created order of life and the meaning of balance. It can be a beautiful thing or it can be a brutal place. Man has a way of sometimes thinking he is in control of everything. Technology, wisdom, power and might are all part of our makeup as people. You must admit we have come along way in the last number of years. Just pick a year you recall and compare it to what we see today. Yes, we have might and power but yet what happens when a crack of thunder rattles our bones, a flood bears down on us, fire is running wild and heading in our direction. It is then we realize just how small we really are.


Winter Peace

© Quill Collection
© Quill Collection

Winter

For those of you who have followed and gotten to know me the name Yukon Territory, Canada is familiar. For those who have just taken a seat at the "Fireside" it may be new. It is located in the far northern reaches of Canada, just south of the State of Alaska and it's vastness and wilderness are much the same.

I lived there for many years and have watched nature turn on itself many times. Its cold in the winters are some of the most severe. Temperatures can go to extremes where it can reach 50 below for weeks on end. The coldest I ever witnessed was 72 below one winter. Man and beast take cover then and all that matters is keeping the fires burning and looking after your immediate needs and nothing more. A reminder of just how small we are in the bigger picture comes to mind again.

All soon to be forgotten when you are standing at a glacier stream in the summer months and fly fishing. Seeing the foliage coming to life again and the abundance of sunshine and all that nature provides. "Be still and know that I'am God." It comes to mind again recalling all He provides us with.

© Quill Collection
© Quill Collection

Your Blessings

Today I encourage each of you to take the time to be still and listen to that quiet voice within telling you that you are loved. It will come if you take the time to listen closely. It may come through another person. A total stranger that may smile, a kind word, it will come.

If I had a word for you today it would be the word "Love". A word which we all have a different thought of. Who is it that comes to mind when you hear the word. Take the time today in this fast paced world we live in to share the love you have with that person. A wave, a handshake, a hug or simply a smile may change another persons day. Take the time to sit and be still and know that He is God and know that He loves you dearly.

© Rolly A. Chabot

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    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Rolly, I always feel like I have read a good book, got my coffee and am definitely sitting in front of the fireside, when reading your words. You said about the weather, wow that is cold! I moan when it gets to zero! but we have been really lucky this year, in fact I am sitting here with all the windows and doors open to get some air through, and believe it or not, its really warm! have a good day, nell

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Nell.. always good to see a smiling face and know you have found your way to the Fireside... I need to get some catching up happening.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada

      THank you Rolly...I for one love what God says through you in your early morning chats! Thanks for the reminder to love and let ourselves be loved. God is always there ready to share His heart and arms with us if we would be sit still long enough to percieve and recieve it. Blessings to you this day Rolly/Quill...habit... can't help it! Ulrike Grace

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      DavePrice 5 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      I always love your fireside, the warmth of your heart carries me through many days.

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      John Harper 5 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      I'm one of those new ones to your fireside Quill, but glad that I found you even at this late date!

      John

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Smiles Ulrike... good to have you join in this morning and bless the gathering with your words. Call me what ever you like... rather partial to Quill but it is well used now...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi David... good to see you here and we have managed to link up o here again. Great chat we had the other day. To know a brother is to be loved by a brother. Say hello to all the crew for me, give each a hug...

      Blessings Bro

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning aguasilver and welcome to the Fireside, do hope you are blessed in the visit and thanks for introducing yourself to us all gathered.

      Blessings

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      ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

      Hi Rolly! Welcome to Hubpages! I have not been listening to my "quiet voice" lately, much to my disadvantage. The Yukon Territory sounds beautiful. Thank you for this beautiful hub............

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi ExoticHippieQueen... nice of you to stop in and say hello. There are times when we miss the voice and other times when it is so clear.

      Yes the Yukon is a beautiful place filled with much wonder and majesty yet she keeps her deep secrets held close and shares them with only those who dare to venture deep within her wilderness.

      Blessings

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      We have been lucky so far this winter too, but tomorrow the cold is slowly moving in. My mother and I spent two days without electricity once during a blizzard and another time with my husband and son about three days and all we could do was stay in bed all but maybe a half hour a day. I hope that never happens to me again. I have a feeling a blizzard is nothing to you. lol

      Again, welcome back.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi again Polly... thanks for the comment and blessed to hear you are having the same. If yours is anything like here well better hang on because we are going to get a surprise. Sorry to hear of your experience.

      Better get yourself a wood stove for those times when you have no power... maybe at one time I would have said of well in those conditions but getting soft in my old age. I have a generator so I can make my own power if need be.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      rLcasaLme 5 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      I've already heard the quiet voice within and indeed I was told I was loved. Hope I'll be allowed to join the fireside.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Rolly,

      So nice to see you again! And I love your advice about listening for the voice of God. How often do we get too busy to listen to his voice. Thank you for the call back to his arms. Take care!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Good Morning rLcasaLme... Blessed to have you join us at the Fireside. Please feel at home here and may you find peace and be filled with joy.

      Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning prairieprincess... God to have you here again. The door is always open for a fellow duster off the prairie. Trust all is well with you... know that you are loved dearly. You are missing a snow skiff this morning and a drop in temperature ut then from what I hear you have had your share already.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      PrayerWarrior101 5 years ago

      Yes I totally agree! I would like to ask you to join me and pray for America, the United State of America, It is sad to say that many who are in authority over us have asked God to get out. To get out of our schools, business, and even our government. Please join with us and pray, invite God back into our country, and government. I am thanking you in advance for your prayers. Be blessed, may God Bless America again!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Prayer Warrior... we in Canada have been praying many times for our neighbours to south and the need there. We follow the news on all the politic and economic and have seen the plight of what is taking place. It is sad to watch the bottom fall out and the people suffer.

      We will commit to prayer through the many circles I have in place. Stay strong and we love each of you.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rolly, your writing leaves a lovely warm glow inside, what a perfect start to the day!

      I have enjoyed a little of Alberta this morning and as always your photos are beautiful, I am hoping to come to Alberta later this year, it's one of my favourite places. Best wishes MM

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning again MM... good to hear you got a taste of us again... If you are heading this way we should attempt to get the gang together and have coffee... please let me know and we can all connect.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      It is good to see a dear friend come back, and an answered prayer too. I would find myself looking up your fireside's when I was having a down moment and couldn't hear that voice you speak of. Your words have such inspiration and beautiful photos to go with them. They were sorely missed when you left.

      I would love to check out the Yukon someday. It sounds like a beautiful place. Thanks for the coffee and chat! God Bless!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Tip... thanks for the encouragement. It is a special gift you have given as I have seen you comments you have left mot only to me but to the many whom you follow and follow you.

      The Yukon stands in a category all its own in my past. Over the years I lived there I saw many changes in the political and cultural but mainly in the personal side of me. It is a place that will always hold a special meaning to me i many ways. The door is open to any and all who care to venture within and search out her secrets she holds near and dear.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Rolly A Chabot, What lovely spiritual wisdom to warm the soul! We have been experiencing some chilly early mornings here in Northern California! Often down in the low 20's which is a little cooler than usual... This makes your warm "Fireside Chat" just that much more appealling...

      As you well stated: "To me enough is said when I look at the word God and yet He has so much to say, so much for us to learn and so much to teach. "Be still and know that I'am God." Powerful words that touch the depth of our souls" AMEN! & AMEN!! Thank You for reminding us to "Take it slow!" It really is so very Importarnt to "Be Still and Know...!"

      Thank you for sharing, in His Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi DeBorrah for stopping in and cuddling at the Fireside... these day here in Canada require us to get really close cause it is some cold. Those words "Be still and know that I'am God" ring so true in the world we find ourselves in today. Unless we are still we fail to hear Him clearly.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Rolly, Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire inside delightful ... I grabbed a cookie, imagined sitting close to the fire and cozied in for another story. So wonderful to spend time by the fire listening once again to your wisdom. Being still, for me, is a discipline because my mind goes many directions at once. But God tells us to "Be Still" and when I do I hear His voice. When I am awakened I too begin to pray for whoever God has lain on my heart .. it is a quiet time with Him when I feel close to his heart. Your life blesses many Rolly .. thank you how you genuinely care.

      Hugs to You my friend!

      Mekenzie

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Mekenzie and just so you know we are starting to warm again. We have a Chinook wind coming through from the west coast over the mountains and by Sunday we will be above freezing again.

      Tank you for the kind words. The one thing I have found as I sit quietly any of those fleeting thoughts that come and go I speak the words "I hold you captive in the name of Jesus" and the seem to go away and eventually the mind is clear and open to listen. I will keep you in prayer.

      Thanks for the visit...

      Hugs and Blessing to all

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you Rolly .. I appreciate your counsel.

      Double HUGS!

      Mekenzie

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      Rolly A Chabot 7 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mckenzie...

      Not many can say they know you, you are a true blessing so thank you for the years of friendship, caring a lovely tender heart you have...

      Hugs Back at you

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